Market research firm Infonetics (News - Alert) Research released its forecasts, preliminary analysis and vendor market share from its Q2 2013 report titled, “Service Provider VoIP and IMS Equipment and Subscribers.”
“IMS equipment [IP Multimedia Subsystem] has officially moved into an LTE (News - Alert) and voice-over-LTE world, and there’s no going back now,” said Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP, UC and IMS at Infonetics research, ahead of the full report. “In the second quarter we saw this impact spending on session border controllers and IMS core equipment for VoLTE access and interconnection (LTE to 3G) buildouts.”
The good news about the expansion and acceptance of VoIP comes on the heels of Infonetics’ research from last winter, when 2012 Q4 findings showed a global sales gain for the first time in three years. Such growth indicates that businesses are taking a serious look at the advantages of implementing VoIP.
One company aiding in the acceptance of VoIP is AudioCodes (News - Alert), via its analog telephony adapter (ATA). An analog telephony adapter is a device used to connect one or more standard analog telephones to a digital and/or non-standard telephone system, such as a VoIP-based network. An ATA usually takes the form of a small box with a power adapter, one Ethernet port, and one or more FXS telephone ports. Users can plug one or more standard analog telephone devices into the ATA and the analog device(s) will operate, usually transparently, on a VoIP network.
With such ease of use, combined with lower operating costs, it’s no surprise VoIP is finally taking off.
Among the highlights of the upcoming report from Infonetics:
- Typically a strong quarter, in Q2 2013 the global service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market grew 30 percent sequentially, to $936 million;
- All major geographical regions – North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Asia Pacific and Latin America – posted year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter gains in Q2 2013;
- North America continues to be positively impacted by LTE-related activity, growing 78 percent year-over-year in Q2 2013.
The full report from Infonetics is scheduled to be released Aug. 29.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey